February 11, 2019
I'm really happy to be sharing this Peach Blueberry Smoothie recipe with you. It's a refreshing drink that's wonderful either for breakfast or as a snack. I had many requests to share more smoothie recipes that contain no banana, so this smoothie is the first of these banana-free smoothie recipes for you to enjoy at home.
If you haven’t realised already, I’m a massive smoothie fan. For me, it’s an awesome way to get the nutrients into my body to ensure I’m eating well when I might be tempted to pick an easier but less nutrient dense food option. I love that smoothie ingredients can be prepped the night before, days before, or even a week before if you want to keep the ingredients in the freezer. They are a versatile meal and there are so many different flavours to try to keep your taste buds interested. Best of all, they just taste so good, so I’ve found that they’re a wonderful option for my kids to fuel them up with all the good stuff. This is especially important for us in light of the active lives they lead, in and out of the school yard, and they need good nutrition for optimal health and development.
I have to admit that the most common fruit ingredient I use in making smoothies is banana, particularly frozen, ripe banana. It's become such a habit to throw in a banana or two of late. As a result, I'm relishing this opportunity to branch out again and create more banana-free smoothies. I know there are lots of you out there who prefer smoothies without banana in it. Maybe it’s the flavour or the texture. Maybe you want to add fruits that are lower in natural sugars or lower in carbohydrates. Whatever it is, you’re in good company here because there are lots of different options for replacing banana in your smoothies. I thought it would be a great idea to kick off with this Peach Blueberry Smoothie, as peaches are still in plentiful supply here in Queensland where I live. Our delicious peaches will soon be out of season, so we need to make the most of them while they’re readily available (and still well-priced too). I do recommend adding beautifully ripe peaches to your smoothie for maximum flavour. I also love to add blueberries to this smoothie to give it that purple tinge and some greens for added goodness.
This smoothie isn't as sweet as your conventional banana-based smoothie, so I've also added some mesquite powder for greater natural sweetness and a nutrient boost. Mesquite powder is becoming more well known in the health food space. It is made by grinding the tree-ripened seed pods of the Mesquite tree, which is native to Peru. The powder is naturally sweet, slightly nutty and has a caramel aftertaste. It's also a source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc, and is rich in the amino acid lysine. If you do go searching for mesquite powder, I recommend buying a brand that is 100% pure mesquite powder with no additives. I'm always surprised by the delicious caramel flavour, so I do find that it's a fabulous plant-based powder to add to my smoothies, just like maca powder or cacao powder. If you have difficulty finding it, you can omit the mesquite powder from this smoothie entirely.
I've also added in some extra goodness with some baby spinach and cucumber. I find that adding vegetables to smoothies always helps me to stay fuller for longer. Plus, it's just a wonderful way to eat more delicious vegetables in general and that's a great move! It also provides a great base for adding your favourite plant-based protein powder, so if you want that extra hit of protein, just add your usual serve to the smoothie and blend away.
Without further adieu, here is the recipe for this refreshing Peach Blueberry Smoothie. It's packed full of antioxidants and plant-based goodness to keep you going strong.
Peach Blueberry Smoothie
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